London Scale Model Show 2016

Last week was the London Scale Model Show. A bi-annual event put on by IPMS London which I’m a member.   As is fairly typical with these sort of shows, one goes in with a set budget in mind and usually exceeds it.  Or as I said on another forum, I need more kits like I need a hole in the head. :-) Here is a quick review of my haul.

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Aftermarket is optional

I recently received an order from Hannants models mainly consisting of a set of vinyl tank tracks for my Dragon 1/35 Sherman Firefly as well as a few Yahu photoetch cockpit panels for a variety of RAF Spitfires and Mosquitos in both 72nd and 48th scale. From some modelers, the idea of getting a vinyl track set instead of using individual links is a copout. Similarly, the idea of just getting photo etch for a cockpit panel instead of all the bell and whistles one can get is a wasted opportunity. To that, I say “nonsense”. How much detail and accuracy is up to the individual modeler.  You are building for your own enjoyment.  If you want to enter a contest and you feel the aftermarket items are necessary then that would be a different story.  You are building for you. In the case of the tank tracks, I had…

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